Santa Claus is coming to town!


The “Santa Bob” tradition continues in 2013 as Santa takes the wheel of a TriMet bus from northwest Portland to Hillsboro

Operator Bob Foster

Santa Bob behind the wheel of a TriMet bus

TriMet riders on the Line 48 will have the opportunity to ride along with Santa in the days leading up to Christmas. Bob Foster, also known as Santa Bob, has logged more than 31 years at TriMet and more than 27 years moonlighting as Santa for families across the Portland metropolitan area.

Each December, this Hillsboro resident parks his bus to don a red suit and hat, and play jolly St. Nick around the region. This season Foster has been a volunteer Santa for the Hillsboro School District’s life skills programs and also volunteered his time, this past Saturday, Dec. 21, to help raise funds for a family in need through the Levert Franklin Mission Foundation.

A father and grandpa himself, Foster says, “The best part of being Santa is the joy it brings to the parents and children when Santa listens to and shows a true interest in the children.”

Every year brings something different. Last year, it was “the father that gave Santa credit for a new job because that was all his children asked Santa for” shared Foster. And this year, ”Being asked to help with a marriage proposal on the sleigh at Loch Lolly.”

“This year I am on new bus lines and most of these riders haven’t been through a Christmas season with me,” said Foster. “Monday should be fun, smiles galore.”

Christmas and New Year holiday schedules
Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day) and Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (New Year’s Day), we will be operating on Sunday schedules, and customer service offices will be closed. Several bus lines and WES Commuter Rail do not have service on Sundays, and the Portland Streetcar runs on a reduced schedule, so be sure to plan your trip accordingly. For more information on holiday schedules visit

Free rides system-wide and extra late-night MAX service on New Years Eve
On Tuesday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve), we will operate regular service with extra late-night service on MAX and all service will be free after 8 p.m. More at